LICENCE INSPECTORS' and BYLAW OFFICERS'
ASSOCIATION of BRITISH COLUMBIA








CAREERS

We encourage LIBOA members and local governments to apprise the Association of career opportunities in bylaw enforcement, licence inspection and related fields.

If you wish to advertise an employment opportunity on this website, please contact our site administrator.

The positions posted below are only done so at the requested of a government agency. LIBOA recommends that those searching for career opportunities also refer to municipal and civic job websites.  Two of those websites include:

https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/
http://www.civicjobs.ca/index.asp



Current Job Opportunities


District of Squamish - Animal Control Assistant (2 positions) – Casual / On Call: Explore this exciting job opportunity to work with animals and the Bylaw and Animal Control team. This position is responsible for the care, control, feeding, and release of animals at the Animal Shelter. If you are hardwired to work in a fast paced environment using your excellent interpersonal and communication skills with your passion for animals, then we want to hear from you! Please visit our careers webpage to view the job advertisement: Job Posting .

City of Kelowna - Bylaw Supervisor : Join our dynamic management team and assist in the strategic leadership for the City’s direction of bylaw services through policy development, work planning and delivery as well as the oversite of the branch’s performance management. You supervise staff and work closely with the bylaw team on day to day activities, and ensure the work is in compliance with applicable policies, regulations, and legislation. Additionally, develop and implement education campaigns to inform the public on City of Kelowna bylaws, improve safety and procedural standards, and act as a liaison with other agencies and partners to align priorities and opportunities for collaboration. Job Posting. 

Overview

Persons interested in the profession of bylaw enforcement and licence inspection are highly encouraged to pursue the one or more of the educational courses noted below for knowledge of legislation, authority, evidence and investigations, and other skillsets necessary for this type of work. Most municipal government employers will seek proof of certification in these areas as required or preferred qualifications. Interested persons should contact potential employers to determine necessary qualifications.

The pursuit of higher education in the areas of criminology, sociology, political science or other studies are a definite asset to this profession however it is important to recognize that bylaw enforcement at a municipal government level is substantially different than policing and therefore these courses designed for municipal bylaw enforcement should be undertaken in addition to other studies pursued.

Other topic specific training opportunities benefit bylaw enforcement officers during the course of employment. Those available to LIBOA members from time to time are detailed in the members area.


- Municipal Bylaw Enforcement -

Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement & Investigative Skills 1 course
Justice Institute of British Columbia

This course is designed for new and experienced bylaw officers as well as those considering a career in the field. The course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to function effectively in the role of a local government bylaw officer. You will examine relevant legislation, which forms the backbone of the legal authority, powers, and duties of a bylaw officer. The bylaw officers status as a peace officer will be discussed including issues surrounding interpretation of bylaws. Various compliance and enforcement measures/options will be explored. Attributes and qualities of an effective investigator will be discussed by analyzing the fundamental issues and challenges associated with conducting investigations including evidence collection, documentation, and presentation of the evidence in legal and non-legal proceedings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and knowledge to enhance your ability to defuse emotionally charged situations and to manage your own personal safety and the safety of others. To guide your approach towards and involvement with the public, you will gain a better understanding of issues connected to diversity, mental health, and homelessness.

For further information contact the Justice Institute at 604-528-5590 or visit www.jibc.ca.


Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement & Investigative Skills 2 course
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Level 2 is an advanced, five-day course designed to prepare you to better investigate and prosecute cases pursuant to the applicable legislation. Content includes drafting bylaws, developing policies and procedures, implementing risk management strategies, and defusing potentially volatile situations. It is intended for experienced bylaw enforcement officers; license, building, plumbing, electrical, and gas inspectors; and other local government employees who have responsibility for bylaw code and regulatory enforcement. 

For further information contact the Justice Institute at 604-528-5590 or visit www.jibc.ca.


Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program
Justice Institute of British Columbia

This employment-related, modular certificate program consists of six core courses and more than a dozen electives. The training will suit both new and experienced investigators and those looking for further training in the fields of investigation and enforcement.

The program of study within the certificate program will provide participants with practical skills which will enable then to successfully conduct a wide variety of investigations.  

For further information contact the Justice Institute at 604-528-5590 or visit www.jibc.ca.


Bylaw Officer Level 1
Focus Training Institute

This course teaches participants relevant legislation, tactical communication skills, use of force issues, investigational procedures and liabilities required in the execution of their duties as a bylaw enforcement officer.  

For further information contact Focus Training Institute at 250-861-5808 or visit www.focus-on-line.com 


Bylaw Officer Level 2
Focus Training Institute

This course builds upon the skills taught in the Bylaw Officers 1 course. 
It teaches students how to utilize digital cameras to produce photographs during investigations, complete the appropriate forms for giving evidence in court, gives more insight into the framework of local government and bylaws, conflict resolution, personal safety. Students will finally present "their case" in a mock trial.

For further information contact Focus Training Institute at 250-861-5808 or visit www.focus-on-line.com 


- Animal Control -

Animal Control Officer Basic Training
Langara College

Designed to support regulatory and enforcement officers in work situations that involve animals. This 40-hour full-time program, plus home study, emphasizes animal identification; behaviour, and welfare; capture and transport techniques; animal related legislation; investigative processes; and effective and safe interactions with animals and their owners. Open to animal control, bylaw, and equivalent regulatory or enforcement officers. See website for alternative entry options and to download an application form.

For further information contact Langara College at 604.323.5926 or visit www.langara.ca/pets



- Post Secondary Certificate and/or Degree Programs - 

British Columbia in addition to other Canadian provinces have many excellent colleges and universities that offer certificate and/or degree programs in fields related to bylaw enforcement such as criminology, political science, sociology, etc. Examples of some these in BC include but are not limited to:

Capilano University
College of New Caledonia
Douglas College
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Northern Lights College
Northwest Community College
Simon Fraser University
Thompson Rivers University
University of the Fraser Valley
University of British Columbia
University of Northern British Columbia
Vancouver Island University


Criminology as an example enables Graduates to continue their education in professional fields such as law, social work, social and behavioural sciences, and are employed in nearly every aspect of the justice system. Studies revolve around a central core of method and theory that provides a foundation for more advanced study of crime and social responses. In addition to core studies, electives reflect various topics and the multi-disciplinary nature of criminology. The required courses and electives afford students of criminology an opportunity to develop abstract logical thinking and critical understanding of the issues that shape the discipline's character and aims. 

Post secondary studies in this area will be of interest to people who wish to become (for example) police officers, correctional officers, youth workers, immigration officers, bylaw enforcement officers, customs inspectors, community service order officers, sheriff's officers and/or other professions with advanced studies